Crofton Community Planning Meeting Introduction to Crofton Community Plan Process Brian Green, Deputy Director of Planning & Development Audrey Rogers, Planner 21 February, 2013
Purpose of Presentation • Overview of the Official Community Plan • OCP and Community context • Community Residents Perspective • By Dave Hladik • Key issues • Previous Plans • Crofton Local Area Plan • Scope, Process, Timing • Q&A
Planning ‘Tools’ in North Cowichan • Federal & Provincial Legislation • North Cowichan • Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw • DPAs • Zoning Bylaw • Use • Regulation • DPA Guidelines • Subdivision Bylaw • Other Bylaws • E.g., sign bylaw, business licencing, campgrounds, temporary trailers
Official Community Plan • Authority comes from LGA • Council adopted July 2011 • Official Community Plan: • Describes the long range vision of the District • Guides municipal decisions • Provides a level of certainty for all • Based on overall community input • Development cannot be approved if it is in conflict with the OCP
Why do we need an OCP? • Provides a strategic framework for making decisions (Council & Staff) • Considers needs of the community • Coordinates growth • Communicates high level planning policies • Guides infrastructure • Influences financial planning • Places development issues in context
North Cowichan’s OCP • Many policies within the OCP affect decisions not just relating to land use • Key parts of the OCP: • Section I - Principles, Assets and Challenges • Section II – Goals, Objectives and Policies • Section III - Making the Plan Work • Appendices • Development Permit Areas • Comprehensive Development Plans
OCP – Overarching Principles Sustainability Economic Development Smart Growth Healthy and Safe Community Community Engagement
Key Principle – Community Engagement • Develop Community Engagement Policy • A need to be more open, transparent and accountable • How, when and where should we consult • Applications • Local Area Plans • Decision Maker’s (Council’s) Role • Community’s Role • Staff working on an engagement plan with Council
Summary of OCP Goals and Objectives • Preserve our rural setting • Guard our environment • Adjust to climate change • Encourage economic opportunities • Build strong communities • Policies which affect Crofton
Crofton and the OCP • OCP has identified Crofton as one of three growth centres • Transition from urban to rural • Some development pressures in area • Community interest and support for a Local Area Plan
Crofton Community Context • Population 7.73% increase • 1,885 in 2011 • 1,753 in 2006 • Land Area • 182Ha • Density (net) • 787 residential dwellings • 4.2 DU/Ha • 10.34 Per/Ha
Other Key Issues • Climate change • Mitigation • Adaptation • Demographic issues • Infrastructure challenges • Retaining and attracting new services • Creating sustainable growth • How much growth in 30 years?
Community Perspective Dave Hladik, Crofton Community Centre
What is a Local Area Plan • A LAP is a land use planning and urban design tool that guides physical development of private and public lands, and undertakings of public works. • The LAP will propose a vision and guiding principles for the physical environment of Crofton. • The LAP will create a planning and design framework/policies to achieve that vision • Strategy to implement it.
Crofton Local Area Plan • Build on the work of the OCP • Zooming in from 50,000 ft to 10,000ft • Ensure conformity with the OCP • Address local issues based on ‘sound’ evidence • Provide certainty for everyone • A plan for the next 30 years
Possible Issues • Local Area Plan will analyse and make recommendations to guide change including the following matters: • Land use considerations • Urban design considerations • Land development proposals • Public open spaces and community linkages • Deal with issues such as: • Climate Change • Ageing population and future demographics • Scale, massing and types of uses • Encouraging new services and housing forms
What type of development is needed in Crofton? What does density look like? What form of development?
Study Area • The LAP will consider three different areas within the Growth Centre • Focus Area: Where the main analysis and recommendations will be focused – Commercial Core. • Adjacent area: Properties immediately adjacent to the 'focus area’ • Communities Context Area: The wider area in the Growth Centre
Local Area Plan Process • SSG appointed to provide input to the consultants and staff at key stages • Terms of Reference Report to CPAC/Council • RFP issued • Consultant appointed • Baseline Review/Key Issues Report • Draft Plan produced • Proposed Plan produced • Proposed Plan presented to CPAC • Plan adopted by Council
Stakeholder Steering Group • The Steering Group will advise the Planning/Consulting Team on: • opportunities for public input, • draft land use concepts, • striking an appropriate balance between OCP-wide and local objectives, and • draft planning recommendations • Being a ‘critical’ friend
Stakeholder Steering Group • Possible members • Community residents 3/4 reps? • BC Ferries • Harbour Authority • First Nations • Chamber of Commerce • Any others?
OCP CC&EAP Market Data Back-ground info Other Council Adopted Policies Com-munity Input Local Area Plan
What the plan may contain • Plan informed by evidence and Baseline Review • Vision and Guiding Principles • Plan Concept/Policies • Land Use • Built Form and Site Design • Public Realm • Infrastructure • Other community issues to be addressed • Regulating Plan • Implementation
Community Involvement • Key element to the overall process • Key issues/visioning workshop • Stakeholder engagement e.g. BC Ferries, landowners/developers, first nations • Steering Group Meetings • Draft Plan consultation • Proposed Plan consultation • Public Hearing of Council
Draft Timing • Terms of Reference Report – May 2013 • RFP Issued - June 2013 • Consultants appointed - July 2013 • Key Issues/Baseline Review - Fall 2013 • Draft plan - Spring 2014 • Final plan - Summer 2014